Baltimore Nuns Waging Legal War Against Obama's Affordable Care Act
Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 06:52 PM EST
For more than 150 years nuns at the Little Sisters of the Poor have been helping thousands of the neediest senior citizens in the US and around the world.
In recent years the group of Baltimore-based nuns has made headlines for its legal war being waged against the Obama administration and the Affordable Care Act. They seek to be granted a full religious exemption from some of its mandates, specifically objecting to the contraception mandate that requires employers to provide policies covering birth control.
While the Supreme Court granted that protection, the federal government says the nuns have "no legal basis" to challenge the next requirement; if they opt-out they need to provide their self-certification to the third party. The nuns still refuse, saying that allowing others to provide the coverage is just as immoral.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is representing the "Little Sisters of the Poor" in this legal battle.
"Right now they have to extend that protection," Becket Fund Attorney Daniel Blomberg said. "They're asking that court to protect the Little Sisters from having to make that choice, and allowing them to live their faith without paying fines for it."